Mobile Communication in Everyday Life
Copyright © 2003-2007 Isabel Pedersen
Moving Cultures addresses the “mobile turn” in popular culture. The writers state their thesis:
This book explores the social and cultural dimensions of the “mobile turn” in everyday communication and the multiple ways in which these new communication practices participate in the everyday production of culture. (3)
This book focuses on cell phone (mobile phone) culture and practices of teenagers, and the sorts of verbal performances that youth enact in response to their mobile technology.
This book is unique in its orientation. In a section called “Life Stories of Technologies in Everyday Life,” the writers focus on the specifically personal and revealing aspects of technology:
Indeed, a mobile that never rings could confirm the unpopularity of its owner. Thus, objects “speak” to us. The way we use them is just as revealing: carrying one’s mobile everywhere, keeping it turned off most of the time, or putting it on a table in a restaurant area all clear forms of behaviour that reveal things about the users and their relations with their social circles.
Excellent also is this book’s analysis of advertising to situate the field research. By using visual cultural artifacts, these writers support their arguments in convincing ways. Interesting too is the constant comparison between Canadian, American and European mobile phone cultural practices.